ISBN13:978-0521017084 ISBN10: 0521017084 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0521816892 ISBN10: 0521816890
Summary: This book is the first synthesis of the practice and the philosophy of the scientific method. It offers scientists a deeper understanding of the underpinnings of the scientific method, thereby leading to more productive research and experimentation. It also provides a greater perspective on the rationality of the scientific approach and its role in society. Topics relevant to a variety of disciplines are treated, and clarifying figures, case studies, and chapter summ
Summary: This book is the first synthesis of the practice and the philosophy of the scientific method. It offers scientists a deeper understanding of the underpinnings of the scientific method, thereby leading to more productive research and experimentation. It also provides a greater perspective on the rationality of the scientific approach and its role in society. Topics relevant to a variety of disciplines are treated, and clarifying figures, case studies, and chapter summaries enhance the pedagogy. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:03 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Cambridge University Press Published: 01/28/2010 International: No
"In encouraging scientists to examine the basic beliefs and attitudes they share, Gauch provides an enriching journey into a humainities-rich version of science. And because it is a book written by a scientist for scientists, its practical use improves productivity while enriching the experience of discovery."
--Marye Anne Fox, Chancellor of NC State University
"Written by a scientist for scientists, this is an impressive and comprehensive treatment of the principles of scientific method. Hugh Gauch provides an important, and well-informed, contribution to our contemporary understanding of the practice of science."
--Roger Trigg, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick
"Hugh Gauch's discussion of the science wars and the impact this has had on science education is significant and important. Regrettably, extensive international studies reflect the consequences of such philosophical diversions. This book helps one understand the issues."
--William H. Schmidt, University Distinguished Professor of Education at Michigan State University
"Gauch's claim that a deeper appreciation of the philosophical and theoretical principles undergirding the scientific method would improve the focus, effectiveness and productivity of research scientists is fundamentally sound. Using examples drawn from many fields in science and technology, including pharmacology and clinical medicine, he ably illustrates the relevance and practical benefits of his ideas. This book has much to offer students, educators and professional scientists alike."
--Bartholomew J. Votta, Senior Investigator, Department of Musculoskel et.al. Diseases, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals
Cambridge University Press Web Site, February, 2003
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Foreword Preface 1. Introduction 2. Science in perspective 3. Science wars 4. Science's presuppositions 5. Deductive logic 6. Probability 7. Inductive logic and statistics 8. Parsimony and efficiency 9. Case studies 10. Science's powers and limits 11. Science education 12. Conclusions References.
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